We’ve all heard the saying “There are no guarantees in life.” Dying while in labor with my daughter was the last thing I expected to happen that morning. I had the expectation of a safe delivery, but that expectation was not met. I had all these plans for my life afterward, but those plans changed, and in a big way.
This virus has no consideration for the outline you have of your life. It is here, and may not be going anywhere. Consider that for a moment. A virus that we know little about, one there is no vaccine or at this point, no medications to treat, may be a continuous threat for the foreseeable future. Our lives have been fundamentally altered in one foul swoop, leaving many reeling, wondering how they are going to manage themselves now.
Our personal and professional lives, in some cases, have been turned upside down. From the cashier at any store in America to the physician (or physician assistant in my case ;), the financial impact of this pandemic is significant, for some irreversibly damaging to their lively hood.
But, I ask you, is this a “bad” thing?
We are here to expand in awareness of who we are. We are here to connect with ourselves in a fundamental way so we may then better connect with one another. It is through our connections that we grow and become Who We Are. Sometimes things need to be shaken up in a big way for this to happen. No matter the source of this virus, whether you believe the scientists or the conspiracy theorists, its here. My question is, what are you going to do with the time you have on this earth, right now? Are you going to continue on in the same way as before? My guess is the world won’t let you. None of us are going to be able to, and that’s a good thing.
Focusing on what we have gained from this virus being present at this time in our lives, rather than what it has taken, completely turns our experience around. We go from the perception of loss to one of gain. We have gained time either alone, or with family. We have gained time to consider where we are in our lives and where we’ve always wanted to be. What is your hearts desire? What do you want to do that you haven’t done yet because fear has kept you from it?
Now. Now is the time to make the changes that will allow for greater growth and spiritual expansion. Fighting the changes, lamenting about how life will never be the same, keeps you stuck in the old when all your soul wants is to let the new rush in.
Say “YES” to your life and your life will step up to meet you. Every. Single. Time.
Much Love to you !! xox
The series of events leading to my decision to go to NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic were divinely synchronous. They actually began happening a long time ago.
Since having an NDE in 2000, my life has been a series of synchronous events leading up to this moment. This moment, where I’m sitting in my seat on a flight to JFK that is only 1/16th full. This moment where, though every precaution will be taken, there is fear for my safety amongst family and friends. It is in this moment where fear is not a consideration for me, rather, my desire to provide relief to exhausted healthcare workers and take care of sick patients overrides everything.
It occurred to me to not go, to just stay at home with my loved ones, however, going benefits me in multiple ways. The greatest is, I get to share my love, which is seamless with the infinite love of the universe, during a point in time where it can help to heal. Though my patients won’t be able to see my smile, they will see my smiling eyes reflecting them as I hold them in the highest vibration of loving, healing energy. They will feel my love, as heart recognizes heart. How can I be afraid of that?
Because I am not afraid, I’m able to be grateful. I’m able to be present. I’m able to truly be there for those who are suffering. Fear cements us to whatever is going on around us. When we’re able to let go of the need for controlling outcomes and allowing life to be, it is a life of freedom. As the reins we normally hold tight begin to loosen, we are able to move through each day with greater ease. We experience ourselves in a new way. We experience others in a new way. Relationships change because we change. Life simply gets better. Then, as we let go a little more, we expand a little more, and grow in more and more love.
For me, the process of getting to the point I’m at now with regard to fear has been a long one. I’ve spent the better part of my life teetering between fear and allowing for life to flow. But, like the spiral, each time I come around from a bout of fear, I’ve expanded a little bit beyond where I was before. We can all say this about ourselves. Take a look back on your own life and notice where your growth points occurred and what was happening in your life at that time. Notice it from the perspective of fear vs allowing and see how these things relate. At this time in your life, look at the potential for growth as you’re sitting in fear, and reach for the feeling of love, no matter how far the stretch.
Much Love to you all! xo
I’m one of those people who chooses to look for the silver lining in everything that happens. No matter what has occurred to derail us from our planned or expected path, causing us to pause and say “Why?” there are positive aspects which we can recognize and focus our attention on. Remember, energy flows where attention goes. If you want to feel more anxiety, frustration, anger or fear, focus on all the things which evoke these emotions within you (which are also then projected outwardly to everyone and everything around you, as energy is.) If you want to feel love, appreciation, awe, admiration, joy, peace and contentment, then focus on those aspects which evoke these feelings. You can create them by how you choose to perceive what’s happening around you.
This pandemic is what it is in this moment. All you or I can do is what’s recommended in terms of staying physically safe. In terms of our emotional well-being, I recommend using the Twelve Principles for Daily Living to help center and focus our attention and allow them to help guide our thoughts and actions toward those emotions and states of being that feel good.
In the midst of this seemingly huge disruption of life as we know it, we can be willing in every moment to choose to see it as an opportunity to practice being more aware of how we feel and how we are responding to the bodies’ impulses, the world around us and others in our lives. We can respond in ways that are loving, compassionate, courageous, patient, present, purposeful, faithful, spiritual, creative. We can look at ourselves, the people we love, nature in all it’s beauty, the perfectness of everything as miraculously constructed for our benefit, for our en-joyment, to be in joy rather than in fear about the unknown. This is what we are here for. When we are able to be in a state of being which reflects all these Principles, not only do we feel good, those around us pick up on our energetic vibration. They benefit too.
Much Love to You!
This is a phrase that anyone who’s into self-help/spirituality probably hears a lot. When you don’t “know” what to do, “Just do the next right thing.”
Sometimes it eludes us completely, other times, it is crystal clear.
For me, during the Covid-19 health crisis, it is the latter. I am a Physician Assistant who has worked in Emergency Medicine for many years. Through a series of synchronous events, prior to the crisis becoming the crisis it is, I found myself laid off my job with pay for 3 months. As I was looking for temporary positions while plans were laid for a permanent position, I was guided to serving in NYC.
I am here to be of service in whatever way I can be. Right now, it means taking care of people in a place and time where they need it so desperately. I am not afraid. I am not, at the same time, burying my head in the sand about the risks. I deeply feel that I am protected with all of the PPE available to me (which they have plenty of now) and my energetic disposition of “all is well.” My plan is to bring my expertise and Love to everyone I encounter.
Walk courageously today, then maybe tomorrow too.
Much Love to all of you!
Let’s talk about this. If you had to give a percentage of head space dedicated to fearful thoughts in any 24 hour period, how much would it be?
For anyone who understands the power of our thoughts, well then they are that much more aware of how important it is to monitor them. For anyone who doesn’t understand the power our thoughts have, I would suggest reading/listening to anything to do with Law Of Attraction. Books on this subject date back thousands of years. It’s concepts are in the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita and so many written works that came afterward. One really interesting read is a book by Prentice Mulford titled ‘Thoughts Are Things’. Written in the latter part of the 19th century, Prentice was a progressive thinker for that time period. The words and phrases and examples he uses are interesting and it’s a really great example of how powerful we are as humans.
During this time of such uncertainty, those predisposed to fearful thinking may be more so and it can become VERY difficult to function in daily life. Perhaps keeping the following concepts in the forefront of our thoughts may help ease the worry around the “not knowing” and help us to stay longer in periods of trust in the processes of life and peaceful existence. When our (ego) thoughts want to go to ones of fear, remember the following:
Write these down and put them in your pocket. Take them out and read them when you feel off balance or find your thinking is out of control. Let go.
Sending out so much Love to you! xox
I love creating my life. I love imagining what it is I’d most like to do with my days, of the experiences I’ll have and people I’ll connect with. I love putting myself there and feeling the excitement of being in places where there are many others just like me, all sharing and growing and enjoying.
There’s one part of this process, though, that I am only now beginning to really take part in in the way I know I’ve needed to in order for all I desire to come about. That is the experience of true ease and joy along the way.
I’ve been waiting for this state of being to come in the way it is now.
Lately, I’ve been feeling very different. Different in the sense that, I’m still me, yet I’m a new and improved version of me. I feel calmer, even more so than before (and I’m quite chill to begin with lol). This calm is infused with more love, deeper love, than before and it is unconditional.
I just feel great!
Much Love to you all!!
As I’ve gotten older, there’s something I’ve come to understand better. That this life, this existence, is to be LIVED.
Not trudged through, not skimmed over. We are meant to dive into it with every bit of ourselves and swim in its beauty and ugliness. We’re here to experience the divine in all of it. Every bit is as it is with the purpose of helping to mold ourselves into who we chose to be when we came here. We are not victims of our lives, we are the creators of it. We get to choose whatever we want to be here in these bodies. When life starts to pile up with the demands of the outside world, remind yourself of your divinity and the reason you came here. Create the time to focus on that, then create that.
Much Love to you! xoxo
I had the privilege of spending the last four days with other beautiful souls sharing our hearts and growing and expanding in love at an NDE retreat. It was not only for those who’d had an NDE but also for others who have had Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STE’s) and those who were seeking answers to their spiritual questions.
At at lovely hotel on the ocean, we gathered together to share our individual stories and support one another in the inevitable growth that resulted. Our ability, as a group, to show unconditional love for one another was incredibly inspiring. Many did not know anyone at first but by the end of the weekend everyone was embraced and known to everyone else as family.
What was the magic of all of this? How could a group of adults bare their hearts and share their souls with one another without fear? Love. Love was the fuel, the glue, the elixir. We all simply had unconditional love for one another. We were a microcosm of the world, contained in a little room in a hotel, laughing and crying and discovering new aspects of ourselves with the support of the universe embracing us all.
Feeling so much love!! oxo